<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Wisrute B.:
<strong> <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Stori:
Lowering the car will give abit more as you lower the cars roll centre but also reduce ground clearance.
Some people like scrapping the underneath of a car on the ground. However I do not.
Lowering the car by using shorter springs which will be stiffer than standard and adjustable/or non adjustable stiffer dampers will reduce body roll and give a rough ride and increase the likely hood of underbody damage. Great for smooth highways/freeways/motorways but a nightmare on potholed /rougher roads</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Well, while it's true that less ground clearance generally increases risk of damaging the undertray, or worse, oil sump and what have you. Softer suspension (more vertical travel) also exposes the car to similar risks as it moves up and down more.
My undertray was damaged after about 3 months of ownership. I had stock sportpack suspension then, and the car had too much suspension travel, IMHO. Since I've bought new suspensions (was Eibach+Koni and now Sachs) and a new undertray, it hasn't touched the ground (or anything else) in three years!
The ride is firmer (and harsh with Eibach + Koni), but bodyroll is very minimal. So it is a compromise between comfort, control, and aestethics. Other than that, I tend to agree with Stori's comment. wink </strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I would still prefer slightly stiffer standard springs to lowered stiffer springs on a road car such as the Alfa if you live in an area with rough roads.
I suspect that one of Alfa's general problems with the 156/147 is that front dampers are too soft in standard form. This means that the nose of the car bounces too much making it more likely that the engine tray hits the ground.
After lowering, your car will still have the same overall suspension low point of travel, it is just that you have reduced the suspensions starting point by lowering your car.
ie if you now bottomed out your suspension, the car would be same distance from the ground with either suspension setup. It is only the fact that you have stiffer springs and dampening that is preventing this bottoming out.
By stiffening you dampers and maybe slightly stiffer springs you would get the same effect but with a much better ride. Of course we are excluding asthetics